SANTA ANA, Calif. – Running two cars in two categories during the penultimate weekend of the Pirelli World Challenge, Global Motorsports Group (GMG) will head to the famed Sonoma Raceway in search of continuing championship form as the season comes to a close. With GT-Cup entrant Alec Udell currently leading his respective championship, all focus is on a strong weekend with the goal of furthering his lead heading in to the final round. Additionally, Brent Holden will continue in the team’s Porsche 911 GT3 R in the GTA category, furthering the team’s development work and aim for a podium.
“With two of the last three races happening this weekend, we’re extremely focused on making sure everything is perfect for Alec,” stated GMG team owner James Sofronas. “Alec and our GT-Cup program have had a tremendous season so far, but obviously this is a critical weekend for everything to go smooth. Luckily we have an amazing group of guys who have looked through every inch of the car, and of course we have a driver who has been driving with a maturity well beyond his years. Of course Brent will be there with the GT3 R as well, and we look forward to supporting him. We’ve learned a lot about the car over the year, and we’re all very hopeful we can add to his podium tally. It’s a busy time of year for all of us but we’re very excited to continue it on, it should be a great weekend.”
Continuing in the No. 17 Euroworld Motorsports / Amsource Capital / Panther Pipeline Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Alec Udell will head to Sonoma with a strong lead in the series championship, but with a cautious understanding that a patient finish will be key. Continuing a stellar season that has included 10 victories and a 94-point lead, all focus is on continuing his winning streak, but with a very clear understanding that championship points will be of ultimate importance above all else.
“We come to every race to win, but we know that finishing will be the most important part of this weekend,” stated Udell. “We’ve had an amazing car all season, and I couldn’t be luckier to have a group like we have with GMG. At this point in the season, the pressure is on to continue the kind of run we’ve had, and as long as everyone keeps focus and patience, we should be in great shape. Sonoma was a great event for us last year, and there’s no reason to think we can’t continue the form we’ve had all year, so we’re coming in with a lot of optimism.”
Competing in the No. 14 The Thermal Club / Mobil 1 / Spyder Porsche 911 GT3 R, Brent Holden will continue the team’s tradition in the series’ GTA category. Continuing a strong season that has seen him taking podiums in both the GTA and Sprint X categories, the Californian looks to add another trophy to his collection.
“Sonoma is always a great venue for competition, and hopefully our Porsche should be pretty strong there,” stated Holden. “James and all the guys always put together a great car, and as we continue to learn and develop the Porsche, we prove just how competitive a group we have. My focus this year is on the new SprintX category, but with more entries in the GTA category this week at Sonoma, I am looking forward to a closer level of competition.”
Practice begins this Friday, September 16, with race action taking place on Saturday and Sunday. Run in conjunction with the season finale of the Verizon IndyCar Series, Race One will take place on Saturday at 7:50PM ET, and Race Two the following day at 1:15PM. Live coverage can be found at world-challenge.tv.
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